(Topic ID: 240407)

Playfield bowing


By yaksplat

46 days ago



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#1 46 days ago

How much bowing is too much on a new playfield? This is the first one I've ever purchased and I was surprised that it wasn't flat. At the maximum bow from top to bottom it's just over a quarter inch from a straight line.

Is this normal?

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#2 46 days ago

I have purchased 3 new playfield from two different vendors and all of them seem to be bowed slightly. My first playfield was The Shadow and I leaned it up against the wall for a month to let it cure and when I came to use it I had a good half inch bow in it. Yikes! But when you put the side rails on and the brackets underneath, the bow went away. I am about to do a swap with my funhouse and my original playfield is warped so bad that it measures 6.5 degrees at the top and 7.5 at the flippers. So the little bow that my new one has will be a huge improvement.

#3 46 days ago
Quoted from yaksplat:

How much bowing is too much on a new playfield? This is the first one I've ever purchased and I was surprised that it wasn't flat. At the maximum bow from top to bottom it's just over a quarter inch from a straight line.
Is this normal?
[quoted image]

I wouldn't worry about it. I've had playfields bowed worse than that and once everything is installed, they were fine.

#4 46 days ago

Okay, that's good to hear. This is a gift for my dad's beat up Whirlwind and I'm hoping that i'm getting off to a good start here.

#5 46 days ago

Agreed; On my Star Trek Mirror universe PF ; there was a lot of front to back bowing.
I "corrected" this by putting some solid aluminum ball guides on it.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/star-trek-mirror-universe-pinball/page/5#post-1393131

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